Still time to sign up for The Purple Wave

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The Purple Wave is a UoM Sport programme, created to bring people together for organised running events, to celebrate and enjoy spending time together as a community, whilst being physically active – and there’s something for everyone. It’s not about elite performance but participating with loads of like-minded people to have fun and make friends.  

All students and staff are welcome to take part, whether it’s your first organised run or you’re a pro. You can run, jog or walk the course – whatever suits you. Why not sign up with your friends or housemates for moral support, or perhaps friendly competition!

Take part

You have until the 12th of May to register for the Great Manchester Run on Sunday 21st May 2023 when you can choose to run either a 10k or a half marathon.  You will receive a t-shirt as part of your entry fee for the 10k and half marathon.

Find out more and register now 


Whether you’re preparing for the 10k or half marathon, there are training guides to support you. Use the right training guide to ensure you’re ready for race day. 

See the Runner’s World guide for the perfect 10k and half marathon training plan. 


If you choose to fundraise for our chosen charity, Re-Write Cancer, your Purple Wave registration fee will be waived so long as you reach a minimum fundraising target of £60 for the 10k and £100 for the half marathon. It’s our way of saying a great big ‘thank you’ for choosing to support Manchester’s cancer research. 

Find out more about fundraising. 


We rely on an army of volunteers from across the University to support our events so even if you’re not a runner, you can still get involved!

There are a few different roles, across all events and it’s a great way to soak up the unique Purple Wave atmosphere and help us fundraise for good causes

Find out more about volunteering for Purple Wave

Find out everything you need to know about taking part or volunteering on the Purple Wave website or by contacting

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